Music Theory Program

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Take the mystery out of the MIDI grid by mastering harmony, melody, and form.

In this online class, we will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies. No experience with music theory, playing an instrument, or reading music is necessary. We will be focusing on how to use your DAW as your instrument to understand and work with music theory.

After completing this program, you'll be able to:

Stop Fishing for Chords

Learn what goes into chords, how they work, and what makes the sound you are looking for. Approach the MIDI grid like an old friend - not a stubborn enemy.

Scales, Chords, and Keys

Slam Academy is a community. While in this class, you will meet your next great collaborative partner, someone to share the stage with, or even your new best friend.

Create Emotion and Color in Your Tracks

Use timeless chord progressions to create the exact emotion you are looking for, without needing to be able to read notes or traditional music notation.

Produce, Mix, and Master

Use Ableton Live to mix and master your own songs so they sound as loud and clear as your favorite tracks.


Katie (K80) talks about her experience not even knowing how to open the program all the way to making her first tracks.

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Michael Evalds

Walking in, Michael couldn't even find the kick and the downbeat. Now he is making amazing tracks in Ableton Live.

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Ben Gardner (Bolo)

Listen to Ben talk about the resources he had access to as a student at Slam. Ben got from the classroom to the stage in no time.

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Meet Your Instructor:


J. Anthony Allen

Dr. J. Anthony Allen is a Minneapolis-based producer, composer, entrepreneur, and generalized maker-of-things. He is the author of the acclaimed textbook, "Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers" now available in 3 languages.

Registration to this class includes:

  • Access to all video content and live sessions of The Music Theory Program
  • Access to our Private Community on Discord
  • 1-on-1 help from Slam Academy Instructors and/or Teaching Assistants
  • Additional benefits for Online Campus Members

This course has been independently reviewed and evaluated by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (, and has been found to meet or exceed their 5 criteria: Exceptional Pedagogy, Dynamic Delivery, Rich Media, Inviting Participation, and Affordability.
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Live sessions happen two times per week and are optional. You do not need to join in, but once you do we think you will be hooked. In them, you can ask questions, get feedback on your track, or you can just sit quietly and listen.

Always On - Start Anytime

The Slam Academy Online Programs are available to start whenever you like. Once you enroll, you will immediately have access to over 100 hours of video, projects, session files, and more. In addition, if enrolling with the interactive component, every week there are multiple live video chat sessions where students can interact face-to-face with their instructor and fellow students.

How Does it Work?

Once a student enrolls in the Music Theory Online Program, they will be given access to their own custom portal page. On it, they will have access to all of the class files, separated into 3 different “parts”. From there, the student can go at their own pace. We recommend that this content should take 4 months to complete.

If the student has selected the Interactive version of the class, they will also see in their portal a link to access to the Live Chat. Students are welcome to access the chat at any time and talk to each other about what they are working on. The instructor will have hours posted for when they will be in the room as well.


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